36 County Rural Resort Hotel camping | Road trip | Easter 2021 | Day 3

36 County Rural Resort Hotel RV camping

Our rating

This 36 County Rural Resort Hotel camping place is a good choice if you want to visit Qiandao Lake and need a place to stay overnight. The only problem is the distance, which is about 50km.

After spending the day at Qiandao Lake, I needed to head for the campsite, which is 54km from the ferry terminal. The road was not the best, and it started to get dark and late. Luckily, the campsite was open, and the staff was amicable and welcomed us. Check passports and exit/entry stamps + green code in the app.

Connection for the RV electricity at 36 County Rural Resort Hotel camping

A minor headache with the electricity connection occurred, but finally, we found the correct socket. Reminder: there are three socket standards in China. Currents are 10A to 16A, depending on the socket.

Different socket types in China for electrical connection

Different types of electrical sockets. Have some extensions with outlets that you can connect to the RV. The most common is the white 16A socket, which cannot be fitted to the white 10A socket as the pins are broader and thicker.

No water tap is available at the parking location, but the security guard pointed out a filling station for the water. To our surprise, they dug new water pipes during the weekend, and we could fill the RV without moving it. Thumbs up!!

Two other RVs had been parking here, but we did not want to bother them as it was so late. Around 20:00 hrs, the camp was set up, and the BBQ was on quickly. We used a one-time BBQ, one of the best we have used and provided by the rental company. I have tested many types earlier, and the price is only about 40CNY/pcs. If interested, my wife is selling those.

After a well-slept night, we took a walk around the campsite. This place is clean and has some bamboo forest in the surroundings. Many trailers and cottages are in the area for rental. There was a large swimming pool in the middle of the camping site, but it was empty as we were there off-season. According to personnel, this place will have many people swimming during peak season. Today, it was quiet as the fellow RV campers also left.

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Notice that 300m from the main gate, a new water park has been built, and I suspect it will be ready in the summer of 2021.

I have been practising together with my daughter to fly with the drone, but many times, I forgot to push the record button 🙁 Therefore, the videos are pretty short. I even “took” some campsite videos from above, but the file is missing. Maybe it never existed. Well, practice and learning from mistakes are what make life enjoyable.

Short video of the surroundings. As seen in the video, the water park is very close.

This is a tranquil place, and there are few shops or restaurants nearby, so prepare some food/snacks if you don’t want to drive out.
You can have some breakfast in the main building. It is buffet type on weekends, and on weekdays, they will bring you some to your table. It was a bit pricey, but the buffet and the weekday breakfast did not leave you hungry. The price was 56CNY/person.

36 County Rural Resort Hotel camping
36 County Rural Resort Hotel Camping

We walked around the 36 County Rural Resort Hotel in the afternoon, camping in the surrounding areas. There is not much to see, but some houses and a small grocery shop with basic stuff (a good section of cigarettes and liquor). The small shop we visited was a sleepy local shop with a granny sitting and watching us. Locally-made honey was also available, but we passed on this one as we already have honey from Xi’an. We took a quick tour of the bamboo forest and found some roots we would use later at dinner. I asked locals for permission to pick, and this was OK if I did not pick up too many. Also, one camping staff helped to find additional smaller roots and was eager to show us where to pick. This was inside the campsite, so you could get roots easily for cooking if needed.

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You have several choices for camping at 36 County Rural Resort Hotel, so let’s go through them one by one.

This could be an option instead of staying at Qiandao Lake hotels.

First of all, with own RV/motor home.

Price was alright with 200CNY/day, including water/electricity and facilities. The parking was beside an extensive grassland, and you would need a long extension cord for connection if several RVs were camping. You can take out your camping table, sit outside, and watch the kids play.

The Colorful hotel on top of the hill.

This hotel was made from containers, and the rooms were spacious and friendly. Big terrace on the backside for morning coffee or a beer in the evening. Some small activities, like a pool table, are available in the basement. We know that the price is off-season, which is 500-600CNY/night.

The next one is the lodging houses.

These rooms are very spacious, and all of them have different themes. There are family rooms, farmer rooms, and so on. It is worth mentioning that each has a balcony and private front yard with a fence around it. Each house has two separate rooms for two families. The quality was superb, and very friendly. The pricing varies; we only have the off-season price, around 700-2100CNY/day. The swimming pool is just beside and easy to access.

The trailer park is populated with KNAUS trailers.

The quality should be on the better side. Depending on your needs, there are a couple of sizes and bed arrangements, so you must check them out. In front of the caravan, you have plenty of space for breakfast if you want to eat outside. All caravans have A/C, cooking possibilities, and showers/toilets. The price is off-season and goes with the 300-500CNY/day price tag.

Dinner time after a long day and cooking the fresh veggies

The evening came quickly, and I prepared some dinner with fresh bamboo roots. As usual, it is not the lightest dinner, but it tastes so good to eat outside, without the noise of Shanghai’s busy streets. We always prepare easy-to-cook and prepared foods, sausage, spaghetti, tuna, and salads. You can always visit local restaurants (if there are any) if you want to make some changes.

Veggies, meat, mayo, margarine, and other stuff crammed.
Veggies, meat, mayo, margarine, and other stuff crammed in.

We always prepare easy-to-cook and prepared foods, sausage, spaghetti, tuna, and salads. You can always visit local restaurants (if there are any) if you want to make some changes. Avoid any food supplies that need to be cold all the time.

This usually is how our refrigerator looks when starting the trip.

Bamboo roots in forest
This is how bamboo root looks like in the natural environment
Small bamboo roots
Some smaller bamboo roots from the campsite
Loaclly purchased honey melon
Locally purchased fresh honey melon
Bamboo root for dinner
Absolutely fresh, 100% bamboo root. Part of our dinner tonight.

Now, it is time for the ratings again. The ratings can be higher when the nearby water park opens.

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36 County Rural Resort Hotel camping | Road trip | Easter 2021 | Day 3

36 County Rural Resort Hotel RV camping
This campground is belongs to one of the better ones we have visited, perfect for long weekend trip from Shanghai and in proximity of Qiandao lake
  • Easy check-in. No hassle. Only needed to show my exit/entry stamps + visa
  • All Staff friendly
  • Quality of the lodging in the hotel, trailers, and houses
  • Water/electricity available for RVs
  • Breakfast-maybe to lower the price a little bit
  • Many activities in the area
  • Big swimming pool - offseason not filled but summer would be perfect.
  • When ready, The water park
  • Movie nights outside on the large screen
  • Kitchens for campers
  • Clean and quiet

Nice place to stay?

  • Outside we could find only one small restaurant and shop.
  • Distance from everything, except the water park.
  • Could not find a washing machine but I suspect they have it.
  • For RVs, it could be made an own area with some own space.

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